9 actions you can take to reduce fine lines and wrinkles
While you cannot stop the clock or reverse the ageing process, you can help minimize the impact on your skin, especially when it comes to the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Great skin is not simply a matter of DNA — your daily habits, stresses and the environment you live in can all have a big impact on what you see in the mirror.
The science behind skin-care products has come a long way but there’s still no quick fix. You need to be consistent in your routines and give it time before you begin to see the benefits.
A adopting a well thought-out skin regimen provides a systematic approach to skincare, combined with healthier eating, more exercise and a positive outlook on life you will feel better physically and in your mental wellbeing. All of which will be reflected in your skin.
What causes fine lines and wrinkles?
You are more likely to have fine lines and wrinkles if:
- You take too much expose to the sun
- Aggravators such as pollution or you have a smoking habit
- You are over 40. As we age, production of natural oils, collagen and elastic decreases, leaving skin drier, thinner and less resilient
Top tips to help your skin and avoid fine lines and wrinkles:
1. Quit smoking
It’s never easy but stopping smoking will have benefits beyond healthy looking skin, it can affect your overall health and wellbeing, and is of course an expensive habit.
2. Add more antioxidants to your diet
Antioxidants protect your skin from free radicals, and there are many commonly available foodstuffs that are rich in antioxidants, such as: berries, prunes, red kidney beans, cherries, black beans and oily fish to name just a few.
Right from when we created the first Sprekenhus products our vision has been on quality and purity, based on carefully selected natural ingredients. Combing our organic products with a comprehensive approach to skin and hair care with ingredients rich in antioxidants.
3. Stay hydrated
Try to drink two litres of water per day – especially after exercising or if you are in warm climate.
Dry skin and dehydrated skin are two different things. Dry skin means that the skin is lacking oil, while dehydration means that there is a lack of water or moisture.
4. Go for quality rather than price when it comes to the products you use
The Sprekenhus skincare range of creams, oils and moisturisers are created by our skincare experts. They are designed to hydrate and protect your skin based on formulas that leave out many known aggravators of sensitive skin, including conventional artificial preservatives. The complex blend of plant extracts is instantly absorbed, providing maximum hydration where it is most needed.
5. Avoid excessive exposure to the elements
Protect your skin from the sun by applying sunscreen or an SPF moisturiser, daily. Inflammation caused by external stressors such as UV rays and free radicals can lead to the destruction of collagen, skin’s underlying support network and expedite the ageing process.
So, if you intend to be outside for a long period of time, especially under a hot sun, take precautions such as: wear a hat, sunglasses, and a long-sleeved shirt and seek out shade, keep hydrated and apply a moisturising after-sun lotion if you by accident catch too much sun.
External stressors can affect your skin and wellbeing in many different ways. Whether you are living in the big city or enjoying the countryside, pollution or the elements can wage a war on the condition of your skin.
6. Get your beauty sleep
Try to get around eight hours of sleep per night and allow your body time to physically repair and give your mind a rest, switch off and try to relax. A bath time soak can be a great way to forget the stresses of a hard day in the office.
Boost your skin’s regeneration process by applying a rich moisturiser before you go to bed. The skin around the eyes is the most susceptible to fine lines, because it is so thin and delicate. The Sprekenhus Eye Cream is a potent blend of antioxidants for all skin types. This concentrated formula is designed to deliver rich nourishment to the skin surrounding the eyes. Antioxidants offer premium protection while botanical extracts impart intense hydration.
7. Reduce your exposure to stress
Try to minimise your workload or cut down on anything that causes you to be stressed and might be causing your wrinkles.
Adopting a regular skin care routine can help you to take timeout and focus on yourself – enjoying those special moments. An active lifestyle is a great way to embrace a fresh mind and positive approach to yourself and deal with stress.
8. Skincare regimen
Here’s our simple guide to creating your very own skincare routine:
It’s important to regularly use a gentle facial cleanser, to help remove the build-up of dirt that collects on the skin. Cleansing prevents the pores blocking and improves hydration in preparation of applying a moisturiser.
The Sprekenhus Face Cleanser offers exceptional cleansing without stripping your skin of its natural oils, a highly moisturising gel with bergamot to heal and provide a calming effect with rosemary to relax the skin.
A gentle, everyday toner suited to all skin types bridges between cleansing and hydrating – toning balances the skin ready to receive the benefits from hydration.
After cleansing, apply toner to a cotton pad and wipe across the face and neck, or splash onto the palms of your hands and then pat onto clean skin.
Our toner, a gentle skin-balancing blend named for its inclusion of Rosemary and Ylang Ylang extract, offers light hydration and anti-oxidant protection - preparing your skin for subsequent hydration.
After cleansing your skin, a nourishing, daily moisturising cream should be applied. Ideally, you should moisturise morning and night to provide a barrier against a harsh climate especially now that we can already feel the change in the seasons. This will help to keep your skin hydrated and glowing.
Our Face Cream is a mix of almond oil, lavender oil, rosemary oil and coconut oil creating a truly nourishing and protective foundation for the skin.
Inflammation caused by external stressors such as UV rays and free radicals can lead to the destruction of collagen, skin’s underlying support network and expedite the ageing process.
Our powerful vitamin and antioxidant-rich formulas helps defend your skin from these environmental stressors.
9. Experiment to find out what works for you
There are as many different skin types as there are environments to live and work in, so it's important that you continuously explore what works for your routine and makes you feel good.
There is some need for experimentation to find both the right regime for you, and the right skin care products.
To make sure we feel as good on the inside as we look on the outside, we do need to address the stress that we are all exposed. It's important to strive for a balanced lifestyle with sufficient sleep, relaxation, exercise and a healthy diet to help us deal with stress and build a strong wellbeing.
The Sprekenhus skin care line means you don't have to compromise on taking care of your skin. We’ve never used ingredients from animal sources, use artificial colours or synthetic fragrances.
Sprekenhus create skin, hair and body care products with gentle, yet effective formulations with a focus on minimalist design. Based on the Scandinavian tradition where functional design meets beauty, in our formulations and in our contrasting packaging design.
We hope that we go some way towards helping you generate positive energy and wellbeing by using our products, let us know if you have any questions or tips we should add to our list.